Did you know there are low-cost and no-cost techniques for building your homeschool curriculum library? On today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Smith, homeschool mom and author Melissa Morgan talks about some ways to save some money on your child’s schoolbooks.
Melissa, with textbooks costing anywhere from $30 to $80 each, and sometimes even more, how can a homeschool family find affordable materials?
Well, on average our family spends about $50 a year because we mostly use library materials and workbooks for the early grades. We’ve found several used encyclopedia and literature sets at library book sales for under $50. Our kids have acquired hundreds of used books for about a quarter apiece. Check out library sales, used book stores, college book stores, Internet sales. High school subjects we’ve found cost more, but even then you can buy a textbook for used instead of new by searching for them on the Internet or buying them from another homeschool family. If necessary in our incredibly abundant nation, we could homeschool with nothing but a library card. You can make use of several libraries including metropolitan, small-town public libraries. If you are in a college town, your college has a library. If you have a teaching university, they have teaching resource centers. Your church might have a library.
Well thank you, Melissa. That’s very helpful. Listeners, next time we’ll talk to Melissa about saving on materials for children with special needs. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.